Last week, the Cassville Wildcat baseball team opened up Big 8 Conference play by shutting out the Lamar Tigers 7-0.
Senior Clay Craig was the starting pitcher for the Wildcats and he pitched a gem, going seven innings, allowing one hit, walking one and striking out 10.
"The wind was blowing in, but Coach Pete Rose and Clay were in sync," said Coach Rod Hemphill.
Cassville would only manage to get four base hits with Craig, Ashton Dorris and Kason Koelsch all collecting a double and Michael Brooks getting a single.
"We need to hit the ball better to have a chance in conference," said Hemphill. "It was good to get a win and start the conference schedule out right."
Last Thursday, the Wildcats travelled to Carl Junction and lost a heartbreaker by a score of 11-10.
The Wildcats came to play, though, as they scored three runs in the top of the first. Cassville scored five more runs in the third and then two runs in the fourth, scoring 10 runs on 12 hits.
The Wildcats weren't able to hang on and wound up allowing 11 runs in the game, giving Carl Junction a 11-10 victory.
"We had the lead and couldn't keep it," said Hemphill. "We gave up 11 runs and only six of them were earned. We are making too many errors and giving teams too many chances to win."
Kelby Haynes started for the Wildcats on the mound and went five innings, giving up eight runs, only four earned, on eight hits and two walks. The sophomore also struck out six.
Dorris came into relieve and went one inning, allowing three runs, two earned, on three hits, two walks and one strike-out.
Offensively, the Wildcats had a good day. Spencer Lynch went three-for-four with three runs scored, and Jason Bromley went two-for-two with a double, triple, four RBIs and two walks. Haynes also had two hits, three runs and one RBI, Tim Orrell had two hits, and Brett Buchanan, Cory Lebow and Brooks each added one hit apiece.
"We out hit them, but we didn't outplay them," said Hemphill. "We need to get going if we are going to have a chance in conference play."
The Wildcats travel to Seneca High on Friday and then compete in the Monett Invitational over the weekend. The Wildcats are scheduled to play East Newton at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Seneca at noon on Saturday and Monett at 4 p.m. on Saturday.
The JV Wildcats had only one game this past week, tying Carl Junction 4-4 in five innings of play.
Lane Stubblefield was strong from the mound for the Wildcats. He went the full five innings. An unearned run in the fifth tied the game and kept the young 'Cats from picking up their third win of the season.
Cory Howard, Jody Cavness and Danny Naugle all had big hits for the JV squad. Ryan Rowley joined in with two walks and two runs.
The JV Wildcats' record now stands at 2-1-1.